Car Rental in Rome
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Why rent a car in Rome?
Rome is a great place to rent a car and begin exploring Italy. Having your own ride will allow you to explore the country’s beaches, hilltop towns, ancient ruins, and naturalareas.
One-Way Car Rentals in Rome
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Rome and drop off in another city include:
- From Rome to Milan - 452 offers from $6.68 per day
- From Rome to Bergamo - 232 offers from $6.68 per day
- From Rome to Naples - 438 offers from $19.69 per day
- From Rome to Pisa - 295 offers from $6.68 per day
- From Rome to Bari - 314 offers from $19.69 per day
Top ways to enter Rome
- Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO): One of the busiest in Europe, Fiumicino serves more than 40 million passengers every year and has connections to and from destinations around the world.
- Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA): Rome’s second airport is currently served by only two airlines, Ryanair and Wizz Air, but they offer flights to and from more than 40 different destinations.
- Naples Airport (NAP): Flying to the large and modern Naples Airport is another way to reach Rome. It’s about 225 km (140 mi) away.
- By Rail: If you’re arriving in Rome by train, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at the Rome Termini train station.
- The metropolitan population of Rome is more than 4,000,000 people, making it one of the largest capitals in Europe.
- The warmest month is Rome is August when the average temperature is 24.5 °C (76.1 °F), with daily highs often much warmer. Even during the winter months the average temperature rarely drops below 5 °C (41 °F).
Top destinations and activities
- The Colosseum. Perhaps the most famous landmark of the city, the Colosseum is the symbol of the Ancient Rome. Other places of similar historic significance include ruins of the Flavian Palace, the Pantheon, and the Baths of Caracalla.
- The Churches. Rome has some of the most impressive religious buildings in the world, including the St. Peter’s Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore, and San Giovanni.
- The Vatican Museums. The Vatican City, an independent city-state completely surrounded by Rome, is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Eternal City. Offering more than just a chance of catching a glimpse of the Pope, the Holy See is also home to many fascinating museums. Attractions include the stunning Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, but also the Vatican Historical Museum and Collection of Modern Religious Art.
- National Etruscan Museum. Predating even the Latin-speaking Ancient Romans, Etruscans were a mysterious and highly influential culture that inhabited early Rome. While not much is known about them — even their language has not been deciphered — they left behind a vast amount of fascinating art. Many of the vases, sarcophagi, and inscribed golden plates can now be seen in the Etruscan Museum located inside the beautiful Villa Giulia building.
- Galleria Borghese. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Etruscan Museum, the Borghese Gallery is one of the many impressive art spaces of Rome. The museum has an impressive collection of artworks, not least by such masters as Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Rubens. If you’re craving more art, another nearby attraction is the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Traffic and parking
- The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h.
- Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
- The speed limit on the Autostrada (toll road) is 130 km/h, reduced to 110 km/h if it’s raining. The speed limit on highways ranges from 90-110 km/h.
- The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- If you’re the driver, you need to have your driver’s license and International Driving Permit (if required for you)passport or ID card with you at all times.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Being over the allowed limit can result in hefty fines. and even imprisonment.
- The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.
- If you need to park in Rome, it’s easiest to park outside of the historic center and walk or take public transport or a taxi. There are many attended parking garages, or you can look for street parking. Blue lines on the street indicate pay parking - pay at the machine and display your ticket on your dash. Or, the parking app indicated on the machine.
- Be careful not to enter the ZTL (zona traffico limitato - limited traffic zone) if you don’t have permission.
There are numerous toll roads in Italy. The exact fee depends on the route of your choice and the type of vehicle. See the official Italian toll road website for more information. Use the website’s toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.
Ideas for day trips
The Beach. Rome is not usually thought of as a beach destination, but the Tyrrhenian Sea is only 24 km (15 mi) from the city center. Lido di Ostia is a fun and popular destination, and Santa Marinella further to the north and Anzio to the south offer good alternatives.
Nature Areas. The Marcigliana Nature Reserve is just east of the city, the Bracciano Martignano Nature Park is a bit further north, and even the mountainous and wild Monti Navegna and Cervia Nature Reserve can be reached in an hour and a half.
Tivoli. A scenic town in Lazio Province, Tivoli is one of the best day-trip destinations near Rome. Located in the Sabine Hills and offering impressive views of the land below, Tivoli is best known for its impressive villas. Villa Adriana was once the holiday home of Emperor Hadrian and has been called the largest Roman villa that has survived to the modern period. Meanwhile, some 1,500 years younger, but no less impressive, Villa d’Este attracts visitors with its beautiful fountains, frescoes, and gardens. The drive from Rome takes only about 45 minutes.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car in Italy is the Fiat Panda, but travelers also love the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car type is economy, followed by mini and compact.
For more about traveling around Italy with a rental car, check out our complete guide.
Naples. Just over two hours south of Rome, Naples is a stunning city that boasts history and cuisine that’s just as impressive as that of the capital city.
Puglia and Calabria. Even further south than Naples, these two regions are yet to be fully discovered by international tourists but offer hospitality, beautiful scenery, and character in abundance.
Sicily. Italy’s largest island is famous for its beautiful beaches and old cities like Palermo and Syracuse, but the inland areas are just impressive.
Car Rental Prices in Rome
- Convertibles - from $8 per day
- Station wagons - from $3 per day
- Large cars - from $5 per day
- Medium cars - from $3 per day
- Vans - from $18 per day
- Premium cars - from $8 per day
- Small cars - from $2 per day
- SUVs - from $3 per day
There are many things you can do to get a good rental deal in Rome:
Compare rates of different rental car providers
Book your rental car well in advance
Know your fuel and mileage requirements
Visit during low seasons - outside of summer months and major holidays (like Easter, Ferragosto, Christmas).
Explore pickup locations. A nearby town that’s reached easily by train may have a better rate.
Don’t rent a car for time you’ll spend in cities. It will just sit in a parking lot or garage (and you’ll need to pay for parking!).
Look into renting ‘open jaw’ - pick up your car in one destination and drop it off in another. While you will likely need to pay a supplement for your car rental, you’ll save money on gas and tolls and you’ll save precious vacation time!
Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Rome is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 43% cheaper than the yearly average.
Top 20 Cities near Rome
Civitavecchia Car Rentals from $14.76 per day50.2 km / 31.2 miles away
Terni Car Rentals from $14.79 per day91.0 km / 56.5 miles away
Frosinone Car Rentals from $14.07 per day91.1 km / 56.6 miles away
Terracina Car Rentals from $10.57 per day100.2 km / 62.3 miles away
Orvieto Scalo Car Rentals from $20.91 per day102.4 km / 63.6 miles away
116.6 km / 72.5 miles away
Chiusi Car Rentals from $20.84 per day135.7 km / 84.3 miles away
Perugia Car Rentals from $6.63 per day145.2 km / 90.2 miles away
Pescara Car Rentals from $6.69 per day173.8 km / 108.0 miles away
Siena Car Rentals from $14.41 per day182.7 km / 113.5 miles away
Arezzo Car Rentals from $12.64 per day187.9 km / 116.8 miles away
Caserta Car Rentals from $13.95 per day188.7 km / 117.3 miles away
Naples Car Rentals from $3.28 per day198.6 km / 123.4 miles away
Figline Valdarno Car Rentals from $24.48 per day211.1 km / 131.2 miles away
Ancona Car Rentals from $6.63 per day221.0 km / 137.3 miles away
Sorrento Car Rentals from $10.60 per day221.1 km / 137.4 miles away
Pompei Car Rentals from $10.22 per day221.4 km / 137.6 miles away
Benevento Car Rentals from $12.23 per day229.4 km / 142.5 miles away
Pagani Car Rentals from $17.92 per day229.9 km / 142.9 miles away
Pesaro Car Rentals from $11.29 per day238.1 km / 147.9 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Rome
Rome Airport Fiumicino Car Rentals from $2.11 per day
Rome Via Aurelia Car Rentals from $8.54 per day17.7 km / 11.0 miles away
20.0 km / 12.4 miles away
Rome Centre Villa Borghese Car Rentals from $14.07 per day23.1 km / 14.4 miles away
Rome Termini Train Station Car Rentals from $5.87 per day23.4 km / 14.5 miles away
Rome Tiburtina Train station Car Rentals from $10.79 per day25.8 km / 16.0 miles away
Rome Airport Ciampino Car Rentals from $5.22 per day28.5 km / 17.7 miles away
29.7 km / 18.5 miles away
Chiusi Train Station Car Rentals from $32.40 per day135.4 km / 84.1 miles away
Perugia Airport Car Rentals from $6.63 per day145.2 km / 90.2 miles away
Pescara Airport Car Rentals from $6.69 per day173.8 km / 108.0 miles away
Naples Airport Car Rentals from $3.28 per day198.6 km / 123.4 miles away
Napoli Port Car Rentals from $14.76 per day198.9 km / 123.6 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $5.87 per day199.1 km / 123.7 miles away
Ancona Airport Car Rentals from $6.63 per day221.0 km / 137.3 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $9.89 per day233.9 km / 145.3 miles away
Florence Santa Maria Novella Railway Station Car Rentals from $8.63 per day234.1 km / 145.5 miles away
Florence Airport Car Rentals from $5.97 per day238.8 km / 148.4 miles away
Salerno Train Station Car Rentals from $9.34 per day245.4 km / 152.5 miles away
Rimini Airport Car Rentals from $14.07 per day248.1 km / 154.2 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Rome?
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||39|
|Popular suppliers||RentalPlus, Drivalia, Sicily By Car, Noleggiare, Italy Car Rent|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans|
|Lowest price||$2 per day|
|Cheapest supplier||Target Rent|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Drivalia||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|RentalPlus||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|RentalPlus||Fiat Panda||5||1||Medium cars|
|Sicily By Car||Opel Karl||4||2||Small cars|
|Goldcar||Fiat Panda||3||2||Small cars|
|Sicily By Car||Peugeot 208||5||2||Small cars|
|Drivalia||Fiat 500L||5||2||Medium cars|
|RentalPlus||Ford Fiesta||4||2||Medium cars|
|Italy Car Rent||Volkswagen T-Roc||5||3||SUVs|
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